Sunday, May 31, 2009

Herb Reed Platters

Herb Reed
In 1953, bass singer Herb Reed put together a group of four guys and called them "The Platters." Reed got the idea from a disc jockey referring to records as platters.

The four men in the very beginning were Herb Reed, Joe Jefferson, Cornell Gunther, and Alex Hodge. They were just having fun, and entered amateur shows and always won first prize with Herb singing the lead.

The first TV appearance was on a show called Ebony Showcase with Cornell Gunther singing lead on a swing version of Old McDonald Had A Farm. Months later, David Lynch replaced Joe Jefferson and Tony Williams replaced Cornell Gunther. While at an amateur show, Ralph Bass from Federal Records saw them perform with Herb singing lead.

Bass signed the group to their first recording contract. Late in 1953, Alex Hodge came to the group and said there was a songwriter from Chicago who wanted to meet them. The songwriter was Buck Ram and the group later signed a management contract with him.
In August of 1954, Paul Robi replaced Alex Hodge. In 1955, the Platters signed a recording contract with Mercury Records. The Platters ended up putting Mercury on the map Internationally. The Platters recorded just under 400 songs, sold well over 89 Million records, performed in over 91 countries, and received over 230 awards from all over the world.

The Platters have appeared in 27 movies including "Rock Around The Clock," "The Girl Can't Help It" with Jane Mansfield, "Europe By Night," "Girls Town" with Paul Anka, "Carnival Rock," and 22 more in Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, and Israel.

Bass signed the group to their first recording contract. Late in 1953, Alex Hodge came to the group and said there was a songwriter from Chicago who wanted to meet them. The songwriter was Buck Ram and the group later signed a management contract with him.

Early in 1954, Ram thought it would be a good idea to add a female to the group and Zola Taylor joined The Platters from a group called the Queens. In August of 1954, Paul Robi replaced Alex Hodge. In 1955, the Platters signed a recording contract with

Mercury Records. The Platters ended up putting Mercury on the map Internationally. The Platters recorded just under 400 songs, sold well over 89 Million records, performed in over 91 countries, and received over 230 awards from all over the world.

The Platters have appeared in 27 movies including "Rock Around The Clock," "The Girl Can't Help It" with Jane
Mansfield, "Europe By Night," "Girls Town" with Paul Anka,
"Carnival Rock," and 22 more in Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, and Israel.

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